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The future made us remember, remembering gave us love; ‘The mirror showed us the fearless faces The mirror showed us the fear The mirror showed The mirror, the dance The dance showed The dance showed us the night The dance showed us the nightless place’ Love is what we took from you, you who has our eyes.

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Svoboba I was born in 1993, the year of the split of Czechoslovakia. Fascinated by how life is affected by the period when you are born, I decided to research the life of Dominika – born the same year I was – and her mother Dagmar. “My daughter has a more colorful life, my life only has one or two colors.” LO

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I Felt Guilty I remember R. as a very friendly and talkative person; sometimes she would bring us chocolate from Slovakia, her home country. I didn’t see her much since I spent my mornings at school; nevertheless, whenever my mum told us to clear out our rooms it announced that tomorrow she would be there, tidying and cleaning away the traces we had left since her last visit. It made me feel awkward; somehow this situation imposed a hierarchy between me, a 10 year old kid, and this grown up, foreign person that I was sure would probably prefer to do other things in her life. By taking up the role of a cleaning lady in Bratislava I aimed to confront myself with this ambiguous relatedness. What does it feel like to clean a strangers’ house? How would they treat a Viennese Art student who is eager to dive into the dirty parts of their apartment? The fakeness of my perfomance evolved quickly after the first session and confronted me even stronger with my own positioning within this relationship. Nevertheless, I went on - hoping that at some point, my feelings of guilt would vanish and transform into something else. MA

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Maternity Vacation What am I to take from Slovakian mothers that describe the experience of maternity leave as a vacation? When what I experienced was all in one ; beautiful, overwhelming, painful, frightening, strangling and wonderful. These mothers stay at home with their children often for up to five years as the father goes off for work, and so, as their husbands are away, I sneak in, trying to capture the essence of their motherhood, of their vacation.

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The Hidden Sanctuaries of Fauna and Free-Floating Wine Here you can lay in a bed of flowers that never withers; You can dwell by the free floating wine. Here is both wildlife and fauna. No need for daylight or sun. Behind closed curtains a Kingdom arises; A sanctuary of heathen rituals, of morning glories or an afternoon haze. Offering a shelter from contemporary society. LI

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Kiss Goodbye I have a huge urge to change myself. Cutting my hair short, cutting a fringe, dyeing hair and eyebrows...I feel like I’m never satisfied with myself. I’m trying to understand the contradictions I have towards my identity and my body. The closer I get to the topics the more I start to accept them. Sometimes I wish I could just let go of everything and be free, as I used to be. EM

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THEM Through social media, we only share the best version of ourself; the gorgeous looking food we just ate, the fun parties we have been to, that one selfie out of hundreds where we looked good. We can now share anything we want, but still we are very selective with what image of ourselves we actually put out into the world. We are in complete control of ourselves. But what if someone else, in this case me, has something to say about you? Through conversations and asking questions, I got to know people I have never met before through their own perspective of themselves. In the end, I chose the part I find most interesting, inspiring or intriguing. But this is not about me at all. This is about them. SA

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My mother covers her children when they fall asleep Healing nostalgia and longing for home through staying with a surrogate family. Coming from Eastern Europe myself, I felt like visiting Bratislava would somehow bring me back to a familiar place. Exploring intimate family life, my project addresses remembrance of family life and home through combining family rituals and theatrical performance. Images come alive as fact and fiction fold neatly into one another. V

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Appendix by NOUN | 2/5 | Fieldtrip Bratislava | Royal Academy of Art, The Hague | Department of Photography | 2017

NOUN presents 'Appendix' – #2 Identity  

The future made us remember, remembering gave us love; ‘The mirror showed us the fearless faces The mirror showed us the fear The mirror sho...

NOUN presents 'Appendix' – #2 Identity  

The future made us remember, remembering gave us love; ‘The mirror showed us the fearless faces The mirror showed us the fear The mirror sho...

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